Lurie College Students Shine at Learning Showcase

SJSU Lurie College of Education Learning Showcase

Communicative Disorders & Sciences student Avneet Sandhu shares her presentation on colorism.

Sweeney Hall was buzzing with excitement on Friday, December 6, 2019, as hundreds of SJSU Lurie College of Education undergraduate, graduate, credential, and doctoral students shared their academic accomplishments and insights to peers, faculty, staff, family, friends, and community partners during the inaugural Learning Showcase.  The showcase was established to build upon the end-of-semester academic celebrations that many of the Lurie College of Education departments had organized in previous semesters by organizing a college-wide event to demonstrate how the Lurie College of Education and its students are interdisciplinary, community-engaged, culturally-sustaining, and holistic, according to Dean Heather Lattimer.  The event began with a wide range presentation panels such as “Advising Idol – A Friendly Video Competition to Support Student Success” and “Voice Care Workshop for Educational Professionals + Mini Clinic for Voice Screening” before transitioning to poster presentations and other stations such as “Film Making as a Research Method” and “Special Education Lesson Plan Gallery Walk.”  The grand finale of the Learning Showcase was the plenary session, which featured a student or small group of students from each academic department in the Lurie College of Education who spoke to a crowd of about 75 attendees about their academic research, experiential education, and more!  Plenary speakers included:

See more photos from the Learning Showcase below and learn more by visiting

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Present Your Research at the Lurie College Learning Showcase

SJSU Lurie College of Education students, alumni, faculty, staff, partners, friends, and family are invited to attend the inaugural Learning Showcase on Fri., Dec. 6, from 4-8pm in Sweeney Hall!  This event will highlight Lurie College undergraduate, graduate, credential, and doctoral students’ academic accomplishments from the Fall 2019 semester.  Watch the video above to learn more about how to present a poster during the showcase and RSVP to attend the event at

Download Eduardo and Lyle’s handout here.

“How to create a better research poster in less time (including templates)” by Mike Morrison. 

Find out more about QR codes here and here.

Happy poster-making!

How We Recruit High School and Community College Students to Teaching

Shoutout to Lurie College of Education Student Success Center Director Janene Perez, who was recently featured on the California State University’s Diversity Toolkit blog for highlighting some of the ways in which Lurie College has enhanced its efforts to recruit a diverse range of teaching candidates.  Listen to and read what she had to say below!

SJSU Lurie College of Education Director Janene Perez Podcast

Teacher educators, consider your own journey into education.  Did you come from a family of educators?  Or maybe you had a teacher who left an indelible mark that influenced your decision?  These are inspired reasons to enter the field, but how do we reach those who never considered teaching, who may be the first in their family to attend college, or who didn’t have a teacher they connected with?  Recruiting candidates with a diversity of experiences is absolutely vital to our mission of enhancing the quality of education for all students, but this work takes time, intention, and continuous reflection.

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Lurie College Hosts Inaugural Future of Learning Summit

This article was originally published on the SJSU Newsroom website by Julia Halprin Jackson.

SJSU Lurie College of Education Future of Learning Summit

Lurie College of Education Dean Heather Lattimer with speakers from the inaugural Future of Learning Summit: Shar Naidu, Vivian Vu, Kent McGuire, Valerie Lundy-Wagner, Laura Quintana, Irene Castillon, SJSU professor Ellen Middaugh, and Arun Ramanthan. Photo by Francisco Mendoza.

San Jose, Calif. — About 100 Silicon Valley thought leaders, policymakers and K-12 educators filled SJSU’s Diaz Compean Student Union Theater November 13 at the inaugural Future of Learning Summit, hosted by the Connie L. Lurie College of Education. The event included five keynote speakers and talks by five SJSU community members, all of whom addressed the question, “What is the future of learning?”

“We’re at a time of significant change in education and across society,” said Heather Lattimer, dean of the Lurie College. “We have changing job markets, demographic shifts and new understandings around what learning and cognition mean and look like. It’s a time of rapid change that can be really scary. But it’s also an opportunity for all of us to challenge the way that we think of education and schooling to find new ways to support stronger, more equitable and more relevant outcomes.” Lattimer described SJSU’s upcoming Future of Learning Initiative, a cross-disciplinary program to spur innovation on campus, serve as a hub for transforming education in the region, generate new knowledge that will elevate the importance of the scholarship of teaching and learning, and position SJSU as a thought leader in the field of educational innovation.

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RSVP to Attend the Lurie College Learning Showcase!

SJSU Lurie College of Education Learning Showcase Flyer

SJSU Lurie College of Education students, alumni, faculty, staff, partners, friends, and family are invited to attend the inaugural Learning Showcase, which will highlight Lurie College undergraduate, graduate, credential, and doctoral students’ academic accomplishments from the Fall 2019 semester!  This event will take place on Friday, December 6, from 4-8pm in Sweeney Hall and include posters, presentations, panels, a plenary, and prizes.  To learn more and RSVP, visit


If you are a Lurie College of Education student who is interested in presenting a research poster at the Learning Showcase and would like some support and guidance from Lurie College faculty, please attend the Poster Workshop on Friday, November 22, from 12-1pm in Sweeney Hall 447 to meet with Communicative Disorders & Sciences Department faculty member Lyle Lustigman and Teacher Education Department faculty member Eduardo Muñoz-Muñoz!

Lurie College Innovations Podcast: Episode 1

On this episode, host and Faculty Associate Dean for Research, Mark Felton, sits down at a microphone for the first time to discuss one of the newest and most exciting research ventures happening at the SJSU Connie L. Lurie College of Education – The Teacher Residency Project.  Led by David Whitenack and Dena Sexton from the Department Of Teacher Education and Lisa Simpson from the Department of Special Education, the group discusses their research and implementation, and how their project is closing the growing gap in highly-qualified, credentialed teachers here in the South Bay.  This episode is also available for listening on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify.

Connect with Lurie College at to receive more news about academic and student life!  Audio recorded by Brian Cheung Dooley and recorded and edited by Sydney Torrens.  Music by Joey Pecoraro.

Attend the Lurie College Future of Learning Summit!

SJSU Lurie College of Education Future of Learning Summit

Thought-leaders across Silicon Valley; SJSU students and faculty; policymakers, K-12 educators, and community members; and several nationally-recognized keynote speakers will convene at this event to engage in a dialogue around the central question: “What is the future of learning?”

We are delighted to announce the following Summit keynote speakers:

Congratulations to the winning SJSU Voices speakers who represent our SJSU community and will be on stage sharing their learning journeys and vision for the future of learning:

  • Irene Castillon – Assistant Principal/History Teacher, Cristo Rey San Jose Jesuit High School (SJSU alum)
  • Sabrina Dao – 7th Grade, Ocala STEAM Academy (aspiring SJSU student)
  • Ellen Middaugh – Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Development (SJSU faculty)
  • Shar Naidu – Master’s Degree Candidate, Occupational Therapy (current SJSU graduate student)
  • Vivian Vu – B.S. Degree Candidate, Business Administration Management Information Systems (current SJSU undergraduate student)

To learn more about this event and register to attend, visit

Why All SJSU Undergraduate Students Should Experience EDCO 004!

Watch this brief video to learn more about the EDCO 004 course – Personal, Academic and Career Exploration – at San Jose State University from Adjunct Faculty Amna Jaffer and current students Eskarleen Salgado and Jeremy Parish! Students who enroll in this course are able to explore the concepts and applications of personal decision-making, gain an introductory understanding to life-span development concepts through the use of self-assessment instruments and procedures, become better oriented to San Jose State University, and fulfill their area E GE requirement.  Music by Bad Snacks.

Connect with Lurie College at to receive more news about academic and student life! Video and audio recorded by Brian Cheung Dooley and recorded and edited by Sydney Torrens.

Meet the Lurie College Faculty | Lisa Simpson

Lisa A. Simpson, Ed.D., teaches courses in the Education Specialist credential and Master’s degree programs.  Her research interests are focused on the use of peer-mediated interventions to improve academic and social outcomes for students with autism spectrum disorders in inclusive settings.  She is also examining preparation practices of preservice teachers through cross-credential collaborations, co-teaching, and residency models to ensure candidates are fully prepared to meet the needs of diverse learners in PK-12 classrooms.  Read more below and listen to Lisa’s personality playlist on the Lurie College Spotify account!

SJSU Lurie College of Education Special Education Department Faculty Lisa Simpson


  • Ed.D., Learning and Instruction (Concentration in Special Education), University of San Francisco
  • M.Ed., Special Education / Emotional Disturbances, Texas Tech University
  • B.S., Elementary Education / Special Education, Texas Tech University


  • Simpson, L. A., Maffini, C. S., & Schuck, R. K. (2019). Examining use of school personnel in CBT interventions for anxiety in students with ASD. Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, 54, 301-312.
  • Golloher, A., Whitenack, D., Simpson, L.A., & Sacco, D. (2018). From the ground up: Providing support to emergent bilinguals to distinguish language difference from disability. Insights Into Learning Disabilities,15, 127-147.
  • Simpson, L.A. & Bui, Y. N. (2017). Reading Buddies: A strategy to increase peer interaction in students with autism. Intervention in School and Clinic, 53, 44-49.
  • Simpson, L. A. & Bui, Y.N. (2016). Effects of a peer-mediated intervention on social interactions of students with low-functioning autism and perceptions of typical peers. Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, 51(2), 162-178.


  • Simpson, L. A., Golloher, A., & Love, M. (2019). Identifying best practices in preservice preparation for high leverage practice: Collaboration. Accepted Presentation for Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children Conference. New Orleans, LA.
  • Golloher, A., & Simpson, L.A. (2018) Bridging the departmental divide to develop collaboration skills in general and special education preservice candidates. Presentation for the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children Conference. Las Vegas, NV.
  • Simpson, L. A. (2018). What’s in the Paraeducator’s Toolbox? Educational accommodations for students with autism spectrum disorders. Poster Presentation for Council for Exceptional International Conference. Tampa, FL.


  • CTC Teacher Residency Grant: SJSU and Franklin McKinley School District – Education Specialist Lead


  • Autism and anxiety
  • Autism and social interactions
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Peer-mediated interventions
  • Teacher preparation

Early Childhood Institute Speaker Series: Fred Ferrer

SJSU Lurie College of Education Early Childhood Institute Speaker Series Fred Ferrer

Please join the newly established Early Childhood Institute (ECI) on Mon., Oct. 28, from 3-4pm in SH 331 for a discussion with Fred Ferrer, CEO of Child Advocates of Silicon Valley, which is an organization whose purpose is “To recruit, train and support volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) to work one-on-one with foster children, providing critical emotional and educational support, ensuring each child’s needs are met and their voice heard while navigating the court dependency system.”  Child Advocates are a consistent adult presence in the child’s life, implementing a “trauma-informed, strength-based, child-centered, asset-building approach.”

Coffee and snacks will be served! Let us know you’ll be there – RSVP here.

You can also join the Early Childhood Institute email list and learn about opportunities for SJSU faculty to join the ECI Research and Training Networks!